Young people living in poverty in South Africa today are some of the most vulnerable to violations of their rights, and at the same time one of the groups least likely to be informed about their rights.
We believe that engaging with the content of human rights can activate marginalised communities to challenge injustice. Informed young people can be instrumental in transforming their communities.
OLICO grows a movement of young leaders and activists through weekly workshops where learners discuss and debate human rights issues.
Learners work through an interactive curriculum developed by OLICO, centered on the South African Bill of Rights and given meaning through examples and analysis of how rights are experienced in their local community. Working with 13 – 16 year old learners from Diepsloot, OLICO creates a space where young people can decide what is important in their communities and how they can change this.
Because OLICO sees social transformation as its ultimate goal, we measure success through the social justice initiatives learners elect to start as a result of the program.
Through continual qualitative feedback collected through learner journals and reflections, we adapt the curriculum and focus to learner needs and interests.